Psychopathy is not easily defined. Most psychologists view is as a personality disorder. A psychopath can appear normal and charming but usually lacks empathy, making him/her a good manipulator. Contrary to the popular belief, only a minority of psychopaths are violent or criminal.
Research suggests that young women who later become psychopaths are different from their male peers, showing a relational form or aggression which is characterized by jealousy, self-harm, manipulation and verbal aggression. This relational aggression is different from the usual physical aggression. Here, harm is caused by damaging someone’s relationships or social status. This relational aggression tends to be more subtle and manipulative and therefore we are less likely to see it coming.
IRIANS – The Neuroscience Institute